Surrey Art Gallery Exhibitions

Visitors exploring a Surrey Art Gallery Exhibition.

Look at what's on exhibit now, and take a peek at what's coming soon, including at outreach venues such as Surrey Urban Screen. Then, explore our past exhibitions.

Exhibitions in the Surrey Art Gallery are drawn from and respond to predominant activity in the contemporary art community. They bring into critical context works by diverse artists with shared concerns or respond to specific issues within culture or the surrounding community.

In an effort to provide our visitors with as much detail as possible, exhibition listings may include additional information, such as printable PDFs, short videos, and links to exhibition-related events.

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Current Exhibitions

ARTS 2014: A Juried Exhibition of Visual Art 

June 28 to August 30

Defying Age by Jeanette Sirois, coloured pencil on paper, courtesy of the artist.

Popular with visitors for the variety of images, styles, and media, this juried exhibition organized by the Arts Council of Surrey celebrates established and emerging visual artists from Surrey and the surrounding region. Through painting, glasswork, sculpture, photography, and fibre arts, some artworks portray traditional imagery while others are contemporary and experimental.

Change: Contemporary Ismaili Muslim Art

May 3 to August 9, 2014

Taj Mahal by Aziz Dhamani, photograph courtesy of the artist.

Change – the point of new beginnings – is inspired by the concept of everything rotating on a circle. The art in this exhibition explores the relevance of CHANGE, focusing on the expression of a significant event or reality. It is not the change itself, but the series of events caused by the change, that are of significance and invite the viewer to engage and participate. BC-member artists of Ismaili Artists Canada show the humanistic approach of Islam, and share their experiences of everyy changing world through a range of works including paintings, photography, and ceramics. Participating artists are Aziz Dhamani, Jalal Gilani, Yasmin P. Karim, Azmina Kassam, Sher Nasser, Alia Noormohamed, Shahira Patni-Tejpar, Alnoor Ramji, Taslim Samji.

Open Sound 2014: Sonorous Kingdom

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Matt Smith: BogScape

February 21 to January 4, 2015

Surrey-based Matt Smith creates a ‘naturalistic’ sound installation based on data gathering systems, such as traffic counters, located in or near Burns Bog. This artwork, BogScape, invites the listener to reconsider the limits of landscape, and the relationship between information and nature.

Stephanie Loveless: Cricket, Tree, Crow

July 12 to January 4, 2015

Stephanie Loveless' installation Cricket, Tree, Crow is a quadraphonic sound piece in three movements that investigates the voices of the cricket, the maple tree, and the crow. All of the sonic material in the work is based on her vocal mimicry of the sounds produced by members of these species.

These are two of three installations within the Open Sound 2014 program, which examines the relationship between vegetation and sound. Open Sound is an exhibition program developed in 2008 to support the production and presentation of audio art forms as part of contemporary art practice.

REMIXX.sur.RE

Ongoing

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How do Surrey's youth see their community?

The REMIXX.sur.RE exhibit uses

  • 700 digital photos,
  • 60 digital video and animation clips,
  • text in 5 languages, and
  • 260 audio clips,

created by Surrey youth. Its software engine produces hundreds of thousands of compositions from this database. These "remixes" are interactive, generated live-on the fly by the movement of visitors in the gallery.

REMIXX.sur.RE personalizes every visitor's visual and audio experience. The result is an extraordinary expression of diverse youth visions of the people and places of Surrey. It is an example of youth's engagement with technology, and shows how technology is affecting perceptions of the world.

REMIXX was youth led and youth driven, supported by a team of mentors. Over 100 youth from all of Surrey's communities contributed digital content to the project. Over the summer, the Gallery's TechLab became a hub of computers, conversation, emails, animating and coding, as the youth worked as artists in residence.

Learn more about REMIXX.sur.RE.

Robert Davidson: Supernatural Eye

November 28, 2013 into March 2015

Robert Davidson's Supernatural Eye

Inspired by the many supernatural beings that dwell in Haida Gwaii, this large-scale aluminum sculpture’s graceful contours and bold colour combine the traditional visual iconography of Haida art with a contemporary aesthetic. The sculpture was commissioned by Polygon Homes, and is on exhibit at the Gallery until its permanent home is ready.

Recent Acquisitions: Ceramics by Walter Dexter, Keith Rice-Jones, Kinichi Shigeno

May 9 to August 9, 2014

Tea Cup & Saucer with Pine Beetle Design by Kinichi Shigeno, ceramic - clay with gaze, 2014, collection of the Surrey Art Gallery

The Surrey Art Gallery has had a long relationship with ceramics. From its beginnings in 1967, as the Centennial Arts Centre, this facility has included a ceramic studio. The Surrey Art Gallery has made a commitment to collect the work of artists who explore the many possibilities of clay as a medium. This display features a selection of works acquired in 2013 and 2014 by Walter Dexter, Keith Rice-Jones and Kinichi Shigeno, three highly regarded artists who work exclusively in ceramics. All three chose BC as their residence and each has exhibited works internationally to much acclaim. As artists and educators, they have shared their interest in ceramic traditions from around the world.

Seen From Here: Recent Acquisitions

June 28 to August 30

Scatterplots: Bear Creek Park by Helma Sawatzky. Collection of the Surry Art Gallery, image courtesy of the artist.

Featuring recently acquired works by artists who have called the South of the Fraser region home. Organized into groupings about people, places, and abstraction this exhibition is an eclectic mix of paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures. Artists include Walter Dexter, Enn Erisalu, Robert Genn, Elizabeth Hollick, Brian Howell, Davida Kidd, Don Li-Leger, Robert Michener, Arnold Mikelson, Ann Nelson, Fred Owen and Helma Sawatzky.

Join us for our Artists in Conversation Event July 17, 7:30pm.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Cascadia: a Juried Exhibition of West Coast Flora and Fauna

August 23 to November 16, 2014
Opening Reception September 20, 7-9pm

Presented in conjunction with the upcoming National Gallery exhibition Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature, this juried exhibition provides an opportunity for artists from this region to consider the biological diversity and ecology of the west coast region.

Are you interested in exhibiting your work in Cascadia? See the call for entries.

Flora and Fauna: 400 years of artists inspired by nature

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada

September 20 to December 14
Opening Reception: September 20

Curiosity about plant and animal life as well as our need for nature for consolation and spiritual regeneration are reflected in this exhibition of works from the National Gallery’s collection. Over seventy artworks from the past four centuries will captivate and delight visitors of all ages. Artworks range from a late 16th century Indian watercolour depicting the Mughal ruler Babur supervising the planting of a garden to 17th century printmaker Wenzel Hollar’s precise etchings of moths and butterflies, and from Karl Blossfeldt’s stunning portraits of single plant specimens to contemporary photographs of extraordinary cultivated gardens by Canadian artists.